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Yeatts discusses undergraduate public health education in Frontiers in Public Health

January 22, 2015 A recent article by Karin B. Yeatts, PhD, research assistant professor of epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, describes the success of an introductory public health course for undergraduates that uses principles of active learning to help students experience public health practice and integrate concepts with their assignments…. Read more »

Study calls for new global standard for water and sanitation

January 15, 2015 A new study conducted jointly by The Water Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine calls for a new global standard for improvements in household drinking water and sanitation access. The study, “Does Global Progress on Sanitation Really Lag Behind Water?,” highlights that current benchmarks for… Read more »

Study to examine Ebola’s survival rate, disinfection in sewage

January 13, 2015 One of the effects of contracting the Ebola virus is severe diarrhea, which is literally flushed down the drain. But is this creating a new potential hazard, especially for sewer workers and others who may come in contact with this waste? The University of North Carolina will attempt to answer this question… Read more »

Burning synthetic fireplace logs may increase breast cancer risk

December 17, 2014 ’Tis the season to be burning synthetic fire logs, but a new study from UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health reports that using these prepackaged fireplace staples also could increase the chances of developing breast cancer. Alexandra White, MSPH, epidemiology doctoral student at the Gillings School, is first author of the… Read more »

Compact development reduces air pollution but may harm health, study finds

December 11, 2014 An analysis by a team of North Carolina-based environmental and planning researchers concludes that densely populated regions with compact urban development that discourages commuting by car—widely touted as a way to increase public exercise and reduce harmful automobile emissions—may only slightly lower average regional particulate matter (PM) concentrations in air. However, such… Read more »

HB doctoral candidate adds expertise to special journal supplement on adolescent sexual health

December 15, 2014 This month, the Journal of Adolescent Health launched a special edition containing six review papers related to progress made in the last 20 years in the area of sexual and reproductive health and rights for adolescents. The special edition was coordinated by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Women’s Health… Read more »

Tobacco control strategies may aid in preventing skin cancers caused by indoor tanning

December 8, 2014 Indoor tanning booths were once the domain of college-age and working women who toasted their pale skins in late winter, before donning a new strapless dress or the first bikini of the season. Today, however, the authors of a new study call the indoor tanning craze “a present and emerging public health… Read more »

UNC awarded $2.5M NIEHS grant to study indoor air pollution

December 5, 2014 Two Gillings School of Global Health faculty members are part of a University of North Carolina research team that received a $2.5 million National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) grant to study the relationship of indoor air pollutants, health and poverty in Rwanda. Leena Nylander-French, PhD, professor of environmental sciences and… Read more »

UNC study finds lower vaccine uptake in states with higher rates of HPV-related cervical cancer

November 26, 2014 This article, written by Christina Izzo, first appeared in Oncology Nursing News on Nov. 12. It is reprinted here with permission. New data have shown that states having higher rates of cervical cancer incidence and mortality also have low HPV vaccination rates among young women. The findings were presented at the American… Read more »

Lytle in JAMA commentary: ‘Healthful foods in schools are important tool in fight against obesity’

November 19, 2014 A commentary by Leslie Lytle, PhD, professor and chair of health behavior at The University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, was published online Nov. 17 in JAMA Pediatrics. The article, “Considering the Potential Effect of Federal Policy on Childhood Obesity,” was a response to a paper by Yvonne… Read more »